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Ask Ancestry Anne: Search Tip #1 : Controlling location in your searches

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

It seems like now is a good time to update some of my favorite search tips. Let’s start with my favorite search filter. Sure it may never have occurred to you to have a favorite, but I find this one incredibly useful. When you are in search form and you start typing in a location,… Read more

Got Five Minutes? Let Us Teach You Something New

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 6, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

If you want to break down your brick walls you need to do more than search.  You have to learn new tricks and methodologies so you can vary your approach. And if you want to understand your ancestors’ lives and be able to tell their stories, you have to find new ways to look at… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Tracing Native American Ancestry Through DNA and Good Old Fashioned Research

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 4, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Dear Anne, I recently had my DNA done by Ancestry.com. Most of it seems correct, but there is no trace of Native American ancestry. I have always been told that my great-grandmother was Native American and the family pictures seem to corroborate this. She had very distinct Indian features. Also I can find no information… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — March 3rd Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts February ended with a flurry of articles and videos.  Make sure you didn’t miss anything! Ancestry.com New Content: Nor Cals, Seadogs and Swedes by Paul Rawlins New State Research Guide: Welcome to the Constitution State! Connecticut by Juliana Smith African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865 by Joseph Shumay The Mitchelville Preservation… Read more

What You Might Have Missed — February 24th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Just in case you missed anything this week, here is what we were up to! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Local Histories: Let It Snow by Lou Szucs Going back to your African Roots by Anna Swayne 4 Things To Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow MyCanvas @ RootsTech: Meeting New Cousin and… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 18th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 18, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

This is a pretty long list! I bet you missed something this past week! Blog Posts Ancestry.com Can’t find a marriage? Check for Marriage Mills by Juliana Smith Hey Oregon! Happy 155th Statehood Day! by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching My African American Ancestors by Anne Gillespie Mitchell DNA Testing… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: I’m Having a Hard Time Researching my African American Ancestors

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 13, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

This month’s question: Answer: I found the census records that you referred to, and as you stated, the family’s race varies among the 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 census records. It should be noted that on the 1930 and 1940 census there were no instructions for individuals of mixed race. Citizens were either one race… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: February 3rd edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on February 3, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Is it really already February?  Time is flying and you may have missed something good last week! Ancestry.com Enter To Win the Branch Out Contest: Prize Package Valued Over $3000 by Kristie Wells New Research Guide: The Sunflower State, Kansas by Juliana Smith 5 Steps to Driving Your Research into Focus by Amy… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: January 27th Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 27, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Ancestry.com The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Join Us for Ancestry Day in Pennsylvania! by Pam Velazquez Week 2 of the 52 Ancestor Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow New Content That’s Not (All) New York by Paul Rawlins Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing by Anna Swayne… Read more

The Land of Enchantment: New Mexico State Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on January 24, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Did you know that the oldest standing religious structure is in New Mexico?  The San Miguel Mission, in Santa Fe New Mexico, was originally built around 1610. It was burnt along with all of its records in 1680, but its walls remained and the church was rebuilt. The Palace of the Governors, also built around… Read more

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